Prague: Spolek Typografia v Praze; Orbis, 1927. Octavo (25 × 17 cm). Original printed card folder, with thirty-four bookplates mounted on black card stock and loosely inserted; string-bound text part (14 pp.) laid in. Signed and inscribed by the editor, Rudolf Hála. Folder lightly worn; largely lacking green tie strings; else very good, with contents in fine condition. Item #4718
A complete portfolio containing thirty-four bookplates printed for a competition held by the Typographia Society in Prague, in order to encourage the development of bookplate arts incorporating type-setting, rather than only using drawing, etchings, or other forms of graphic arts. The portfolio reproduces thirty-four of sixty-nine entries submitted, in order of the jury's selection, which are mounted on black card stock, with the designer's name and the award printed below. While some are purely based on set type and printed ornaments, others incorporate drawn elements, or even include iconographic elements such as a typesetter's cabinet or punches. Among the designers and illustrators are J. Vichnar, J. Dyntar, Ed. Svoboda, V. Ambrosi, Ant. Mašek, Ant. Řehák, O. Poskočil and others. With an introduction by the editor and publisher Rudolf Hála, which reflects on the significane of the typographic ex libris and its future development. Signed and inscribed by Hála.
One of 150 copies printed. KVK and OCLC show the copies at the Czech National Library, Yale, and the New York Public Library.